2017 Kia Optima
The Kia Optima. What else needs to be said? An icon of the Kia Motors brand, the Kia Optima is currently in its fourth generation, and in the last few years the Optima lineup has expanded from a simple sedan to include hybrid and plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) options as well. Take a look at what the 2017 Kia Optima has going for it before it’s replaced by the 2018 model year Kia Optima.
Avail. Fuel Economy
Engine Types - 2.4-liter I4 Engine
The 2017 Kia Optima lineup includes three engines options. The standard engine on the base trim, the Optima LX, and the Kia Optima EX is a 2.4-liter DOHC I-4 engine with CVVT, capable of generating 185 horsepower. Matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Optima LX has a fuel economy of 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Keep in mind, all transmissions on the Kia Optima are a Sportmatic Sports shifter that allows drivers to shift gears manually if they so choose.
Turbocharged 1.6L Engine
The Kia Optima LX 1.6T is equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter DOHC I-4 engine with CVVT, and it is able to generate 178 horsepower. Paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, even though the engine has a turbocharger, its smaller size has a great fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
Turbocharged 2.0L I4 Engine
The third engine option on the Optima lineup also has a turbocharger and it is standard on the Kia Optima SX and SX Limited. The turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC engine with CVVT produces 245 horsepower, making it the most powerful engine of the three. The Optima SX and SX Limited are both paired to an automatic 6-speed transmission and they both have an average fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
There are two acronyms that constantly pop up with the three engines on the 2017 Kia Optima trims. The first is DOHC, and it stands for “Dual Overhead Camshaft.” Engines have a number of cylinders, and each cylinder has valves for intake and exhaust of fuel and air. Engines with a single overhead camshaft operate both valves simultaneously, whereas those with a DOHC have separate camshafts for each valve, taking the stress off the engine.
CVVT is the other acronym seen. It stands for “Continuous Variable Valve Timing.” Regular VVT is the process of altering valve timing events for intake and exhaust. This tends to happen in steps, with one alteration for a set of speeds. CVVT has an infinite adjustment of valve timing for all speeds and conditions, making it the more efficient choice of the two to optimize horsepower and fuel economy.
Although the 2017 Kia Optima lineup is split into five trims, many features are shared among them. For instance, a driver can find the following features across all trims - automatic on/off headlights, power-adjustable mirrors with LED turn signals, and solar control glass. Other features available for upgrade consist of LED headlights, sound-absorbing front windows, a rear spoiler, and a panoramic sunroof with power sunshade. Moreover, most of the trims have a smart trunk that opens in the presence of the driver’s Smart Key; the Optima LX is the only trim without this feature.
In the cabin, most of the trims come with cloth seating, but if springing for the high-end 2017 Kia Optima SX Limited, the vehicle is equipped with comfortable quilted Nappa leather wrapped seats. Convenient features for the driver and passengers can be found around the cabin, such as push button start, an active eco system to keep watch of past and current fuel consumption, a trip computer that displays various bits of information, and dual-zone automatic a/c temperature control. Past the LX trim, many trims have driver seat memory settings, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.
In the 2017 Kia Optima, the standard on all trims is a 6-speaker sound system. Consumers that get the Kia Optima SX get a 10-speaker surround sound system by Harman/Kardon, which is an available option upgrade on the Optima EX and SX trims. For the infotainment system, UVO eServices comes on all trims, the main differences being the size of the touchscreen and additional capabilities.
The Optima LX and LX 1.6T have 5-inch touch screens, but the Optima LX can be upgraded to a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Optima LX 1.6T and EX trims can be upgraded to an 8-inch touchscreen with UVO eServices and voice-command navigation. The Optima EX comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the Optima SX and SX Limited trims come standard with all of the aforementioned features and an 8-inch touchscreen display.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2017 Kia Optima is equipped with many safety features, including dual-stage airbag deployment system, vehicle stability and traction control systems, anti-locking brakes, and LATCH child seat anchor systems. In today’s modern age, there are also many advanced safety features available. These consist of a surround view monitor (Optima SX Limited only), a blind-spot detection system, rear-cross traffic alert system, autonomous emergency braking, advanced smart cruise control, a forward collision warning system, and a lane departure warning system.
All Kia models are backed by a 10-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty, and a 5-year/100,000 mile limited anti-perforation warranty.